When you beat the #5 UNC Tar Heels on the road… pic.twitter.com/JBCLdHa94K
— Wofford Basketball (@WoffordMBB) December 21, 2017
If you’re looking for a bracket-busting NCAA tournament team in March, keep an eye on the Wofford Terriers.
Wofford, based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, made headlines on Wednesday night by beating the 5th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, 79-75.
A stunning victory? Well, in more than one way, it definitely was.
The Terriers came into Chapel Hill on an 0-22 skid against ranked opponents.
They have played in four NCAA tournaments since 2010 but have emerged from those spotlight experiences 0-4.
Still, it’s not like the Terriers have never had success.
In 2015, coach Mike Young’s team won 28 games and pulled down a No. 12 seed in its NCAA region.
Wofford nearly knocked off fifth-seeded Arkansas in the first round that year before falling by three (56-53) at Jacksonville, Florida.
This year, they have a phenomenon on their team. He goes by the name of Fletcher Magee.
Magee is a brazen scorer who came into the home of the defending NCAA champions averaging 24.1 points per game, second in the nation only to Oklahoma freshman Trae Young.
Against the Tar Heels, Magee scored 27, including 16 in the second half.
“Magee was not typical Fletcher (tonight),” Wofford coach Mike Young said. “His numbers have been staggering, and people are starting to
take notice. He missed a couple, one that was like a layup to him.
“(But) 27 points in this environment; Kenny Williams and Theo Pinson, those guys can guard you,” the coach said. “That kid (Magee)
makes you look pretty good (as a coach) sometimes.
“He just rises up and hits a shot. He certainly did that a
couple of times tonight.”
So, make a mental note. In a few months, if you’re looking for an underdog to pick among double-digit seeds in the tournament, look up the Terriers.
They might be ready to roar.
Our @CoachMKYoung is going on @SportsCenter live at 12:15 PM to talk @WoffordMBB's win at No. 5 UNC! ?
He also joins the @jimrome radio show at 12:40 PM & the @MarkPacker radio show on @ESPNUonSiriusXM at 5:45 PM!
TUNE IN! ? pic.twitter.com/nBevcrqoBI
— Wofford Athletics (@WoffordTerriers) December 21, 2017